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BT Business Awards: Last chance to enter


Prof Mark Durkin

Prof Mark Durkin

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Prof Mark Durkin

There is just one day left to submit your entries to the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank.

The closing date is Thursday, May 6 at midday for the hotly-anticipated awards programme, which marks its twentieth anniversary this year.

There are 14 categories, including the new Special Recognition Award for Climate Action, which is supported by Ulster Bank.

Our panel of distinguished judges is led by Professor Mark Durkin, Executive Dean of Ulster University Business School.

Prof Durkin is chairing the panel for the third year in a row.

And he urged entrants to strictly follow the criteria laid out for the category they’re entering, adding: “Don’t assume we know all about you already. We can only go by what you tell us, therefore write your entry up fully.”

Prof Durkin said the awards were more important than ever after a year in which the resilience of businesses had been tested to the limit.

He said it has been very challenging for those working from home and running certain types of companies remotely.

“People may have had staff furloughed, they may have had to make staff redundant, they may have had disruption to their supply chains,” he added .

“Keeping all of that on the road is an amazing achievement and really speaks to the innovation and resilience of our business sector.

“What you’re doing by entering the awards is not just something for yourself and your staff, but you’re also a role model and an exemplar on how things can be done.

"Everyone in business needs the morale boost of talking about their achievements.

“People are feeling remote and isolated from their sector, their suppliers, workers and even their competitors, and it’s been very difficult.

" So the more we can look at how they have managed and led, and succeeded through all of this, makes a great story.

“None of us saw the pandemic coming, so in a way it’s been a great leveller, and no one has been exempt from it, so we’re all in this together. If through this we can show what has worked well in different sectors, that’s very important.”


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